Aug. 31, 2009
SEATTLE - Former University of Washington standout Kristen O'Neill has been named an assistant coach at Seattle U., as announced by new head coach Joan Bonvicini.
O'Neill (Lynnwood, Wash.), who graduated from Washington in 2006, played professionally with the Seattle Storm in 2008 and overseas, most notably with FIBA Ireland Superleague team UL Aughinish, where she was named 2009 Superleague Player of the Year.
At Washington, O'Neill served as co-captain her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, and was the two-time UW Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman pick and the 2006 Coaches' Award honoree. O'Neill led the Huskies in steals two straight seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) and put up the team's highest three-point percentage in 2001-02.
In addition to her playing career, O'Neill has also worked as a talent scout for ESPN, worked numerous basketball camps and most recently, opened O'Neill Hoops, where she provides elite training to local female basketball talent.
At Seattle U., O'Neill will focus on guards and wing players and will assist in the team's recruiting and scouting efforts.
"Kristen was an outstanding player at the University of Washington, with the Storm and overseas," Bonvicini said. "Her experience as a player both professionally and in college in this area allows us to partner with so many players and coaches across the state."